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UTSC students’ new app hits Apple’s iStore

From left: Masatoshi Nishimura, Adrian Marius, Dianne Khaye, Ridney Wijesinghe, and Ayana Yamazaki. They worked together to create Colopal.

A group of UTSC students is adding flair to the world of photo posting and sharing through social media, with an invention of an app just released by Apple’s iStore.

Colopal was created with the unique intention to revolutionize the way people share pictures. With this app, users have the ability to add their own animations, colours, frames and other patterns to the images. The app also allows users to create own greeting cards and even upload maps for directions among other things.

The app was first submitted to iStore for review before it was officially release to the market last week. Anyone with an iPhone can now download it free of charge.

Masatoshi Nishimura, a fourth year double major in New Media and Economics, spearheaded the initiative. He hopes the release of Colopal will generate ideas for its improvement from users and other app developers. In the meantime, he is content with the team’s efforts thus far.

“My biggest fear was our team losing interest halfway and never getting it finished. The fact that we pulled it off to this end makes me proud,” he said at the app’s demo last week.

The Hub, which supports innovative ideas leveraging information and communication technologies from students, is only pleased to see such clever and attractive projects coming to fruition.

“This goes to show that developing applications is no longer the exclusive domain of programmers,” says Gray Graffam, director of The Hub. “People with a wide range of interests and talents can take part in building a successful app today.” 

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